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Nov 21, 2017

Employers: Beware of Form I-9 Email Scam

In a statement released yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned that employers across the United States have been receiving scam emails requesting information from and copies of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  The scam emails have been sent to employers using various email addresses with the sender’s name masked to reflect the name of the DHS’s application support agency, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). … Read More

Nov 20, 2017

Potato Grower Reaches $100,000 Settlement with Justice Department for I-9 Compliance Violations

Washington Potato Company, a private grower and processor of potatoes and other vegetables, reached a $100,000 agreement on Thursday with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), settling claims of discrimination in the company’s Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification procedures.

The settlement ends a multi-year Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation, which was triggered when ICE randomly picked the potato farming company for a Form I-9 worksite inspection. … Read More

Oct 04, 2017

Pennsylvania Tree Removal Company Fined $95 Million for Hiring Undocumented Immigrants

A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, tree removal company was fined $95 million after pleading guilty before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to violating several federal immigration laws due to the company’s practice of hiring and rehiring undocumented immigrants.  Federal prosecutors described the fine as the largest ever for an immigration-related case.

As part of its plea, the company admitted to employing undocumented immigrants whom company management knew were ineligible to work in the United States.  … Read More

Aug 29, 2017

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Presents I-9 Compliance Seminar for Employers

Raymond G. Lahoud, Esq., Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, is pleased to present “Employers Beware: ICE is Cracking Down on I-9 Compliance,” updating human resource professionals, business owners, and managers on significant recent developments with respect to the revised I-9 form.

The seminar is free of charge and open to the public.  … Read More

Aug 16, 2017

You’re Invited to Employers Beware: ICE is Cracking Down on I-9 Compliance!

Raymond G. Lahoud, Chair of the Immigration Law Group of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is pleased to present a seminar updating human resource professionals, business owners and managers on significant recent developments with respect to the revised I-9 form. HRCI and SHRM credits are available.

The seminar will review:

  • Current I-9 Form Requirements
  • I-9’s for Remote Employees
  • Common I-9 Completion Mistakes to Avoid
  • E-Verify Basics
  • Historical I-9 Audits and Past I-9 Non-Compliance Remediation
  • Electronic I-9 Systems—What to Consider When Going Paperless
  • Practical and Proactive Strategies to Protect Your Company
  • Internal I-9 Audits: what to correct and who should audit
  • Prevention Employee Discrimination During the I-9 Process
  • Best Practices for Random ICE Worksite Visits
  • The Future of Immigration in the Workplace

The first session will be on Tuesday, September 12, at the NM&M PA Office. … Read More

Aug 15, 2017

Ninth Circuit:  Employer’s Good Faith Reliance on HR Director is Not a Defense for Any I-9 Form Compliance Violations – Civil Penalty in the Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

On August 7, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a several hundred thousand dollar penalty against a Phoenix, Arizona employer for violating several provisions of the United States Code related to an employer’s statutory requirement when hiring any and all employees: the Form I-9.

In DLS Precision FAB LLC v. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, a custom sheet metal fabrication company— DLS Precision Fab LLC (“DLS”)—experienced great growth due to its contracts with the United States Department of Defense. … Read More

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